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I’m just kicking stones, chasing loneliness — nothing much to do.
In a dusty hat and my cowboy boots — soles are worn clear through.
I’m leaving heartache, going nowhere fast, more dead than alive.
At daybreak, feet are pointing to, Desperation Drive.

When you’re down and out, in a hard luck place, no stars shine at night;
I’ve been looking down, such a long, long time, just can’t see the light.
Haven’t got a cent, haven’t got a friend, no will to survive;
That’s the reason why, I’m heading for, Desperation Drive.

There was a woman — said she loved me, caught the midnight train;
She took my money, left my broken heart, in the pouring rain.
Got to leave this town, got to hitch a ride, out on highway five;
If they ask me where, I’m going I’ll say to, Desperation Drive.

I miss that woman, she’s still in mind, the breeze whispers her name;
She’s mean and evil, but my lonely heart, wants her just the same.
On the waterfront I check the bars and every lowdown dive;
If she’s not there, I’ll find a place on, Desperation Drive.